Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

27-3043 Writers and Authors

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material. Excludes "Public Relations Specialists" (27-3031) and "Technical Writers" (27-3042).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,590 1.9 % $33.30 $69,250 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.61 $19.29 $27.77 $40.48 $56.27
Annual Wage (2) $28,310 $40,130 $57,750 $84,190 $117,050


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 6,990 1.57 $37.39 $77,780
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,700 1.53 $25.39 $52,810
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,550 0.94 $51.04 $106,160
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,130 6.29 $45.23 $94,080
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,170 1.01 $28.38 $59,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,130 6.29 $45.23 $94,080
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 6,990 1.57 $37.39 $77,780
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,700 1.53 $25.39 $52,810
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,170 1.01 $28.38 $59,030
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,550 0.94 $51.04 $106,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,550 0.94 $51.04 $106,160
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,130 6.29 $45.23 $94,080
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 160 0.23 $42.31 $88,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,190 0.06 $41.78 $86,910
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 160 0.03 $40.58 $84,410


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,770 0.53 1.61 $46.64 $97,000
New York 6,920 0.80 2.44 $38.70 $80,500
Texas 2,400 0.22 0.67 $26.49 $55,110
Florida 1,850 0.25 0.75 $27.18 $56,530
Illinois 1,730 0.30 0.92 $32.49 $67,580




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,440 2.17 6.60 $40.46 $84,150
New York 6,920 0.80 2.44 $38.70 $80,500
California 7,770 0.53 1.61 $46.64 $97,000
Oregon 730 0.44 1.35 $27.97 $58,170
Maryland 1,060 0.42 1.28 $35.64 $74,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,770 0.53 1.61 $46.64 $97,000
District of Columbia 1,440 2.17 6.60 $40.46 $84,150
New York 6,920 0.80 2.44 $38.70 $80,500
Connecticut 500 0.31 0.94 $38.36 $79,800
Maryland 1,060 0.42 1.28 $35.64 $74,130





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,880 1.12 3.41 $40.55 $84,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,660 1.17 3.56 $56.07 $116,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,220 0.94 2.85 $39.34 $81,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.36 1.11 $34.05 $70,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 860 0.48 1.46 $27.69 $57,590
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 840 0.45 1.38 $33.93 $70,580
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.78 2.38 $31.46 $65,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 770 0.53 1.62 $31.88 $66,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.29 0.87 $29.17 $60,670
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 600 0.34 1.04 $34.07 $70,870




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,660 1.17 3.56 $56.07 $116,620
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,880 1.12 3.41 $40.55 $84,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,220 0.94 2.85 $39.34 $81,830
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 250 0.90 2.73 $30.15 $62,720
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.90 2.74 $29.68 $61,740
Medford, OR 70 0.86 2.61 $32.10 $66,760
Manchester, NH 80 0.78 2.37 $21.62 $44,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.78 2.38 $31.46 $65,430
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.77 2.34 $20.89 $43,450
Eugene-Springfield, OR 110 0.76 2.32 $24.22 $50,380




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,660 1.17 3.56 $56.07 $116,620
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,880 1.12 3.41 $40.55 $84,340
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 130 0.23 0.70 $39.88 $82,950
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.22 0.67 $39.70 $82,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,220 0.94 2.85 $39.34 $81,830
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 80 0.49 1.48 $39.15 $81,440
Baltimore-Towson, MD 510 0.40 1.21 $38.33 $79,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.21 0.65 $37.78 $78,590
Boulder, CO 90 0.53 1.62 $37.64 $78,300
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 200 0.24 0.72 $37.59 $78,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 1.64 $17.69 $36,790
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 1.61 $13.01 $27,050
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 1.22 $23.62 $49,140
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.82 $11.14 $23,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.67 $30.01 $62,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.67 $30.01 $62,430
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 1.64 $17.69 $36,790
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 1.61 $13.01 $27,050
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 1.22 $23.62 $49,140
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.89 $16.03 $33,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.67 $30.01 $62,430
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.50 $25.30 $52,620
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.63 $24.11 $50,140
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.96 $49,840
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 1.22 $23.62 $49,140


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014